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Tim Jackson        

Ecological Economist, Playwright & Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

Tim Jackson is Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), and Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey in the UK. CUSP builds on Jackson’s vision over three decades to explore the moral, economic and social dimensions of prosperity on a finite planet. He’s served as an advisor on sustainability to numerous commercial, government and intergovernmental organisations. Between 2004 and 2011, Jackson was Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission, where his work culminated in the publication of his controversial book "Prosperity without Growth." In 2016, he was awarded the Hillary Laureate for exceptional international leadership. In addition to his academic work, Jackson is an award-winning dramatist with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC.

From 2013 to January 2017, Jackson held a Professorial Research Fellowship on Prosperity and Sustainability in the Green Economy (PASSAGE). From 2010 to 2014 he was Director of the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG), which aimed to develop evidence-based advice to policy makers about realistic strategies to encourage more sustainable lifestyles. From 2006 to 2011 he was Director of the ESRC Research group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE), a novel cross-disciplinary institution at the time, set out to unravel the complex links between lifestyles, values and the environment.

Since 2010, Jackson has been engaged in an ambitious collaborative project to build a new ecological macroeconomics. He and Professor Peter Victor from York University, Canada are developing the conceptual basis for an economy in which stability no longer depends on relentless consumption growth. Jackson has also served in an advisory capacity for numerous Government departments, Intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, private sector companies, and delivery agencies.

Jackson has given more than 400 international keynote presentations and appears regularly in the UK and international media. Video and audio recordings from his talks and interviews may be found on the talks & interviews page.

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